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Robert Mills House & Gardens

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Address: 1616 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201-3440
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One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert...

One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert Mills House exemplifies the skill of the first architect born and trained within the United States who designed some of the nation's most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument. Today, the structure stands as a testament of its designer's architectural ability and the preservation efforts of generations of Columbians.

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Historic Columbia is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County's historic and cultural heritage.

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Beautiful

We visited on an unusually warm December day. The grounds are very nice, well tended, and very colorful. We were surprised at the number of plants still in bloom. Enjoyed our... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2015
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Walworth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

We visited on an unusually warm December day. The grounds are very nice, well tended, and very colorful. We were surprised at the number of plants still in bloom. Enjoyed our walk in the gardens and subsequent tour of the Woodrow Wilson home.

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

We went on a rainy day, but the tour was excellent and the tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable. The stories told about the house, each room and various furnishings were fantastic. Definitely worth a stop when you are in Columbia.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Enjoyed the tour of the home - loads of architectural details and a fascinating story. Be careful with this one though - the tours are rotated with 2 other historic homes so check before you go. Also ask about discounts - they have a senior and AAA discount which I didn't know about. Once I noticed it before the tour... More 

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Garner
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Our guide was a young woman getting her Masters in Museum Science and was Very enthusiastic. Even though it was off-season, the historic gardens were impressive

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

Beautiful house, well furnished. Very energetic and knowledgeable guide. Great information about the era. The only drawback was that the tour started late. Otherwise, it was excellent.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2015

Preserved by Historic Columbia Foundation-it is the one of the many historic homes in Columbia. From the office you can brain directions to the other Historic Landmarks in Columbia.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2015

The Robert Mills House is a beautiful historic home and taking a tour is a great way to spend an afternoon in Columbia! Tours are informative and engaging with lots of interesting antiques to view. The grounds around the house are also lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

My mother and I are huge Downton Abbey fans. For Christmas, I took her on the tour of historical homes in Columbia. I named it "Downtons of the South" and she loved every minute. The tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about preserving these homes and landmarks that hold a special place in the South's history. The gorgeous gardens,... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2014

Stunning house-it's red exterior really looks sharp. The gardens are beautiful. Tours are good and informative. Nice to see old places in Columbia still preserved for educational and historical needs. Solid history lesson of the house and Columbia is learned from a visit/tour of this house.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014

Nice grounds, and you get to go through a couple of the antique homes. There is a limited amount of staging (furniture and artifacts) in the homes. Strangely, the tour guide locked the tour group inside the homes with a skeleton key during the tour, which was dangerous should an emergency have occurred.

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